Posted : 2012-02-21 17:06
Updated : 2012-02-21 17:06

World Thinking Day

By M.M. Goel

To ensure global impact of guiding, World Thinking Day is celebrated annually on Feb. 22 by all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts ― the birthday of the founder Robert Baden-Powell and his wife Olave Baden-Powell, the First World Chief Guide.

It is also celebrated by Scout and Guide organizations and some boy-oriented associations around the world, including Korea and India. It is a day when we need to think about our sisters and brothers.

To address the challenges of various kinds caused by global economic crisis, we need innovative remedies as proper use of used less and care of cared less. There is an increased demand for an independent thought process which calls for creative manpower.

To wipe the tears of the victims of recession, we need to be empathetic with a sense of commitment and not lip service with sympathy.

To pave the path of progress, prosperity and peace (5Ps), we need to stop worrying and start living with proper, productive and practical (3Ps) use of hands, head and heart- the real education more than literacy.

The worries of FEAR (False Evidences Appearing Real) should be kept number one in the list of our enemies. Let us accept the limited capacities and capabilities of human beings to understand Arth (Money or Meaning) and Parmarth which needs coordination leading to permanent freedom from worries. There is a strong case for balancing expenditure with income at all levels of operation in the economy.

We need to measure gross national happiness (GNH) which is better than the gross domestic product (GDP). This calls for mission mode to remove corruption, population and inflation (CPI) through good governance, manpower planning and inflation targeting.

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts has selected an important international issue as the theme for each year's World Thinking Day, and selected a focus country from each of their five world regions. Girl Guides and Girl Scouts use these as an opportunity to study and appreciate other countries and cultures, and equally increase awareness and sensitivity on global concerns. Donations are collected for the Thinking Day Fund which supports projects to help Girl Guides and Scouts around the world.

In 2012 to protect our environment, girls worldwide say ``We can save our planet.” The behavioral pollution between people needs to be removed. We need to become gender neutral for removing inequalities of various kinds. In 1926, at the Fourth Girl Guide and Girl Scout International Conference, held at Girl Scouts of the USA’s Camp Edith Macy, the delegates highlighted the need for a special international day, when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts would think about the worldwide spread of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting, and of all the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts around the world, giving them thanks and appreciation.

The girls' appreciation and friendship should not only be shown by the exchange of wishes, but also through presents, which are after all typical of birthdays, in the form of a voluntary contribution to the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

In her first letter about the World Thinking Day Fund (WTDF) Lady Olave Baden Powell asked the Girls and Girl Scouts to donate just a penny, in order to support the movement. WTDF is used to help more girls and young women around the world by spreading the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting program.

To reduce the worries in the mental makeup of the girls, let us donate liberally for the fund with enthusiasm for women empowerment in every nook and cranny of the world. There is a strong case to promote marriage as an institution which is under threat with ‘living in relationship’ cases by the crazy boys and girls who are even opting for same sex marriages.

The writer is a professor of economics at Kurukshetra University, India. Contact him at

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